The Icon: Ted Turner
There weren’t always moguls. Once upon a time, there were only businessmen (who wore suits) and a long line of ambitious strivers trying to become businessmen. If anyone was going to shake things up, sartorially speaking, it was going to have to come from the top. So we thought we’d take a moment to honor one of the men who made it happen, as one of a seemingly never-ending string of bizarre accomplishments.
It comes down to this: we love an eccentric. He’s no Agnelli, naturally, but if you’re going to split your time between cable news and pro-wrestling, things are bound to get a little more rugged. Throw in some bison-herding, maybe a little competitive yachting, and you’ve got a latter-day Ralph Lauren on your hands. Forget dressing for business: this is dressing for the bizarre shadow world in which you’re allowed to do absolutely anything you want.
Words of Wisdom:
To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane.
Notice, he didn’t mention a pair of cufflinks. He can still pull off a tux when the need arises but for the most part, Turner’s about function. It’s the model for a whole generation of tech moguls, including anyone who’s worn a t-shirt to a business meeting as a bargaining ploy. Mr. Cuban, we’re looking at you…
- — Russell Brandom